named after eisner award-winning graphic novelist allison bechdel, the rule indicates bechdel's personal preference to only watch films featuring 1. at least two female character who... 2. talk to each other about... 3. ...something besides a man.
Waaaaait a second, that's her!! I just read Fun Home
, which I highly recommend. It's great.
That's an awesome mention, Javi, and totally deserved.
And thus, the Middleman TV series goes down in Legend...
I so used The Middleman as a shining example of a story that passes the Bechdel test in a blessay I wrote a few weeks ago. Uncanny!
I couldn't be happier to think Natalie now has her own rule. So much love for this show for all these reasons and more. Bravo!
Those quotes just totally put into words why I like the show so much.
Well done NPR!
A well-deserved tip of the hat, Javi. Congrats!
My boyfriend and I have really enjoyed catching the show randomly one day while flipping. Only thing on ABC Family I watch.
Friended you yesterday, btw.
You've been mentioned on NPR and you have people cosplaying your characters. You must be in Geek HEAVEN!!! I know I would be...
All they have to do is get signed on for another season or two (please please please!) and the rest is gravy.
how exciting to be mentioned on NPR and cosplayed!
Isn't that what every creator aspires to nowadays?
Quien disparo a JR? wasn't a smidge ob?
What's funny is that in "Sino-Mexican," you subvert the Morales rule at the same time as you help create it. The Luchadores are pretty stereotypical, but they're not evil *because* they're Latino - heck, they're not even really evil; they're just a little misguided in trying to avenge the death of their hero/leader. And above all, the whole thing was written very funnily - it's still pretty much my favorite episode.
Creating new rules and breaking them at the same time - genius.
all I'm sayin' is...please, keep it up. With this show (or in the future, other shows). It's such a relief to be able to tune into a show that isn't aimed at some studio yutz's idea of your demographic and see...people like you. Having conversations like you might have.
_o/ art crawl!
That is awesome, but... (puzzled head-tilt) What counts as "gratuitous" Spanish? And who gets to decide that?
If they ever return to the alternate universe, alterna-Dubbie should start saying "Papi" a lot.
I'm so happy to hear this. <3
Dude, this is so many freaking levels of awesome. SO MANY.
I also liked that Dubbie was appropriately outraged at having her nationality mischaracterized. I can't imagine what it'd be like to be Cuban/American and have somebody call you Mexican. Or vice versa and etc.
Just learned of this blog. Friend, I want to thank you for producing a show that is intelligent, funny, and creative, and having one of the main characters knowledgeable about how to survive a zombie holocaust.
Monday's are now fun to watch.
Fabulosity. I love how NPR made a call "Not [for] the number of women we see on screen, but the depth of their stories and the range of their concerns." That was beautifully put.
I'd be lying if I said that one of the reasons I love Middleman is the way it absoloutely refuses to buy into what other shows propogate as normal.
Congrats on the well deserved praise. Now I will have to assess everything I watch to see whether or not it follows The Bechdel Rule. I don't know that it will stop me from watching anything, but it will at least inform me and make me think more honestly about what I am consuming. The Deggans Rule will be a little harder. This is America and no matter what we say, we don't want our TV shows integrated. (Or, at least, this seems to be what the networks think we think.)
While I am here, let me just say that I miss this show so much. It was the highlight of the summer and ABC Family would be nuts to let it go. I hope you sent them a link to this article! Kudos to you and everyone behind the scenes!